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Old 04-11-15, 01:35 AM
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Hey,

How is the Giant CSR 3 and the Giant Cross 3 for touring?

Pros and cons?

Thanks

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Fine .. a tour is a thing you do , any bike will let you get on your bike and go someplace and see it.

you only need it be what you want to ride for a couple days.
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One way to go about this is to specify what is the perfect bike for the kind of touring you intend to do, then look at the divergence. When touring on roads, I like the classic touring bike. For offroad touring I like an MTB. A cross bike is not a classic touring bike, and it isn't an MTB. It isn't a commuting road bike, which would be less offroad and hill climby.

For me, a touring bike is all about comfort, but comfort in a situation where I may spend days labouring into wind. I like 700 c 35 mm slicks, 36 spokes or more, fenders. I have an opinion on my preferred brakes, and shifters. I like an MTB drivetrain set with low gear ratios. And the bike has to be a platform for carrying gear the way you want to.

When I look at a bike, I can tell you what my favourite part, or the average part, is for every use. I know how to build or assemble all the parts. Bikes do not really have many systems, so learning the basics is pretty straight forward. Having a look at top end bikes and really studying the way they work, and the parts they use is worth the effort. Some bikes that are sold as touring bikes have test drive component sets on them.

Robert Beckman Designs - Home

Beckman used to have a site that gets into a lot of detail, the new one is a little more marketing based. But looking over a site like that can give you a lot of ideas. The expensive bits, the racks and frames can all be bought at more reasonable non-custom rates, but if you ignore the stuff about lugs and so forth, there can be a lot of useful info.

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ditto on it's your preference and your choice

i like to go light, fast, and maintain reliability. for my next one, I'm going for a low maintenance igh bike with bullhorn bars on a race style geometry bike that I hope will turn out <23 lbs. I will bring an extra sprocket to give me enough range as a derailleur setup, and use which ever one that best suits the day

as long as you stay away from 18 spoke wheels and the like, you should be good
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If the cycle has 36 spokes but the tires are thinner. ( A little wider than the racing bikes) Do I need to worry about that?
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Originally Posted by mannan91
If the cycle has 36 spokes but the tires are thinner. ( A little wider than the racing bikes) Do I need to worry about that?
No, just go ride
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